Latin America and the Caribbean
In Latin America, there have been a number of initiatives that have aimed at higher education integration, harmonisation and enhanced cooperation and exchange with Europe and other world regions. Latin America has increasingly taken a concerted interest in better understanding the Bologna process and engaging in projects with European partners on the regional level. Further, the EU has also adopted an external policy strategy to develop an EU-LAC Common Higher Education Area (ALCUE), which is supported by funding initiatives.
EUA launched dialogue with Latin American university associations in May 2004. EUA and Consejo Universitario Iberoamericano (CUIB) signed the Declaration of Guadalajara in support of the creation of an integrated higher education and research area between the regions. In 2006 in Oviedo (Spain), another joint meeting produced a joint declaration as input to the EU-LAC Heads of State and Government Summit (Vienna, May 2006). As a result of the meeting, EUA and CUIB signed the Asturias Declaration, which identified seven areas for cooperation. The Declaration encouraged governments of the two regions, the European Commission and other funding bodies to support this collaboration at university level as part of their international cooperation schemes. EUA and CUIB organised another follow-up meeting in Barcelona (2008), resulting in the Barcelona Declaration, reinforcing partnership between university associations of both regions.
In February 2010, EUA, OBREAL and the Colombian Association of Universities (ASCUN), organised a joint meeting of university associations in Cartagena Colombia to discuss the state of play in the EU-LAC Common Higher Education/ Knowledge Area and make concrete recommendations for the EU-LAC Heads of State Summit in May 2010. English Spanish
As a direct follow-up, EUA, OBREAL and over 20 university associations from LA and Europe have been awarded a three-year ALFA project ‘ALFA-PUENTS’ supporting regional higher education in LA and the important role of university associations in this process. EUA is also working closely with the InterAmerican University Organisation (OUI) on the topic of doctoral education (CODOC project).